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What's New in Novell BorderManager 3.8

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Posted: 12 Nov 2003

Heads Up: Novell BorderManager 3.8 has just left the building.

Here's a little overview to help you understand what's new, and how the licensing works (which is always a favorite topic with our readers...).

What's New

It is important to note that this is a major upgrade. This release of Novell BorderManager contains more new code and more new features than any prior release. Proper upgrade planning is essential. Please review the Quick Start Cards and product documentation (included on the product CD and online at before beginning an upgrade.

Novell BorderManager 3.8 includes a completely new VPN service which adds the following functionality:

  • Full standards-based IPsec
  • Interoperability with third party IPsec products
  • LDAP authentication to a remote authoritative directory
  • Full control of where VPN users can go on the private network
  • Support for all NMAS authentication methods
  • Removal of all topology restrictions related to Network Address Translation
  • Browser-based administration and real-time monitoring

Major components new to Novell BorderManager include:

  • Novell Modular Authentication Services (NMAS) Enterprise Edition 2.2
  • Novell Client Firewall 2.0

This release also includes several enhancements to the proxy and firewall services.

System Information

Skillset Minimum requirements:

  • CNA-level knowledge of NetWare and Novell eDirectory
  • Understanding of basic IP and IP routing concepts
  • Understanding of basic Internet connectivity concepts
  • Understanding of basic information security concepts

Server Hardware Minimum requirements:

  • Server-class PC with Pentium II or higher processor
  • Super VGA or higher resolution display adapter
  • One or more network interface(s)
  • CD-ROM drive
  • PS/2 or serial mouse
  • DOS partition with at least 250MB
  • 4GB SYS volume recommended
  • Minimum 2 GB free drive space for a dedicated CACHE volume (or an existing CACHE volume)
  • -
  • 256 MB RAM recommended above OS requirements

Server Software

  • NetWare 5.1 SP6, NetWare 6.0 SP3 or NetWare 6.5. eDirectory 8.6.2 (Minimum) or 8.7.1 (Recommended) with LDAP enabled.

Novell BorderManager 3.8 is backward compatible with Novell BorderManager 3.6 and 3.7.


Novell BorderManager 3.8 is licensed by user, not by server. Any user who authenticates to a Novell BorderManager 3.8 server or any user who utilizes the client components of NBM 3.8 (whether or not they ever authenticate to a Novell BorderManager 3.8 server) must have a user license. You can consult the Software License Agreement for details.

The Novell BorderManager 3.8 software license includes licenses for Novell eDirectory and Novell Modular Authentication Services (NMAS) Enterprise Edition 2.2.

Previous versions of Novell BorderManager required a separate license disk. Novell BorderManager 3.8 does not require a separate license disk. The necessary license files are included on the Novell BorderManager 3.8 product CD.


Novell will manage the support lifecycle for Novell BorderManager 3.7 as outlined at Please refer to this site for more detailed information regarding support for Novell BorderManager 3.7 and other Novell products.


The following products qualify the customer for upgrade pricing:

Any version of the following:

  • Novell BorderManager
  • BorderManager Enterprise Edition
  • BorderManager Fast Cache
  • BorderManager Firewall Services
  • BorderManager VPN Services
  • BorderManager Authentication Services
  • FireWALL for NT
  • RADIUS Services for NDS
  • Web Lessons
  • NetWare for Small Business or Novell Small Business Suite
  • Novell Modular Authentication Services (NMAS) Enterprise Edition versions 2.0 or 2.1.

Novell BorderManager 3.8 replaces the following products on the Novell Price List:

  • Novell BorderManager 3.7
  • Novell Modular Authentication Services (NMAS) Enterprise Edition 2.1

(Note that a promotional SKU for Novell BorderManager 3.7 will remain on the price list for an undetermined period for the convenience of Novell Small Business Suite 6.0 customers).

Competitive Upgrades:

The following products qualify the customer for upgrade pricing:

Any firewall, VPN, or web proxy product from

  • Agnitum
  • Astaro
  • BorderWare
  • Check Point
  • Cisco
  • Computer Associates
  • IBM
  • InfoExpress
  • Internet Security Systems
  • Microsoft
  • Network Associates
  • Network-1
  • NetGuard
  • Nokia
  • Norman
  • Nortel
  • Secure Computing
  • StoneSoft
  • Sun
  • SUSE
  • Sygate
  • Symantec
  • Tiny Software
  • Trend Micro
  • Zone Labs

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